Nats' Harper suffers ankle injury

Nats' Harper suffers ankle injury
March 21, 2011, 3:51 pm
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Monday, March 21, 2011, 11:44 a.m.,
Updated at 4:58 p.m.
By Mark Zuckerman
Nationals Insider
CSNwashington.com

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JUPITER, Fla. -- Top Washington Nationals prospect Bryce Harper sprained his left ankle running to first base in a minor-league scrimmage Monday morning in Viera, Fla.

The severity of the injury won't be known until Harper undergoes X-rays, though a team spokesman said the 18-year-old outfielder is listed as "day-to-day" for now.

"The little bit of information I got was that he's fine," manager Jim Riggleman said after a 7-2 win over the Cardinals. "Just turned his ankle and he's fine."

Harper was running to first base during a morning intrasquad scrimmage at the Nationals' minor-league complex adjacent to Space Coast Stadium when he hurt himself. He was taken off the field in a cart and was examined by members of the team's training staff.